TUCSON, Ariz. – Customs and Border Protection officers arrested two U.S. citizens during separate weekend smuggling attempts at the Port of Nogales.
Officers at the Mariposa crossing arrested a 52-year-old man after a CBP narcotics-detection canine alerted to the Chevrolet truck he was driving on May 10. During a secondary inspection of the vehicle, officers located nearly 171 pounds of marijuana worth approximately $85,000.
Earlier that day, officers at the Dennis DeConcini crossing arrested a 26-year-old woman after finding nearly six pounds of heroin, valued at more than $79,000, hidden within a suitcase inside of her Chevrolet sedan.
Officers processed for seizure all drugs and vehicles involved, and referred the subjects to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.